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New directors in Canjo

September 24, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

CANAJOHARIE-Two new directors have been picked to run the Canajoharie Library and the Arkell Museum, according to a news release from the library.

Leah Lafera, head of library services since 2007, and Diane Forsberg, deputy director and chief curator for the Arkell since 2005, have been picked to act as the directors of the library and the museum, respectively.

"We are fortunate to have on staff two extremely well qualified museum and library professionals to assume a co-directorship," Chuck Tallent, Board of Trustees president, said. "We look forward to the synergy Diane and Leah will bring to this institution."

Lafera holds a bachelor's degree in visual arts and a master's degree in information science. She has experience working with children, teens and adults in both public and school libraries. During her tenure as the head of library services, the release said, she brought programs such as parent-child book discussions, writing workshops, children and teen summer reading programs and downloadable eBooks.

Diane Forsberg holds an master's degree in art history and has experience as the chief curator of the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Conn. Forsberg has overseen the installation of 22 exhibits at the Arkell Museum.

Fundraising will be a major focus for the new directors, according to the news release, due to the fact the locations rely on local tax money for most of its annual funding.

The previous director, Eric Traham, ran both positions. However, he has become the executive director of the Mohawk Valley Library System.



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